Now Open: MariPili at Café Frieda @ Frye Art Museum
Paying homage to matriarchs 🌟
Published November 15, 2023
📍Frye Art Museum: 704 Terry Ave, Seattle
⏰ Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
🎟 Free admission
With fall days getting increasingly shorter (thanks, Daylight Saving), damper, and colder, we’d like to officially proclaim it museum season. Perusing exhibitions along with other hushed museumgoers is a cozy way to not only take respite from the elements for the afternoon, but do some mind expansion too—better yet if there’s an in-museum café to continue avoiding said elements when it’s time to break for lunch.
Answering this call is MariPili at Café Frieda at Frye Art Museum, serving Galician-inspired lunch-fare, along with wine, beer, and espresso drinks. Rolling off the success of MariPili Tapas Bar, which opened in May 2022, Chef Grayson Corrales honors her heritage in northwest Spain in MariPili at Café Frieda by putting a new spin on Galician staples with “contemporary flavors and PNW ingredients.” Covering the ceiling are hand-painted murals that also give a nod to Seattle’s and Galicia’s shared coastal identities.
Lunch items include Pescado Frito (adobo marinated and fried smelt with vinegar dust and piparra tartar sauce), the Cod-Rizo Sandwich,—which is exactly what it sounds like—and the Small Frye Pasta with “abuela sauce” and parmesan cheese. And if you’re like us and tend to work up a sweet tooth meandering the halls, try MariPili’s Churros Con Chocolate or their Manchego Cheesecake with sheep’s cheese and currant compote.
Speaking of abuleas, the café honors a trio of matriarchs: Chef Grayson Corrales’ aunt, inspiring the name for the café, her abuela Emilia Ferreiro, who taught her to cook Galician food, and Frieda Sondland, a longtime supporter of the Frye Art Museum.
The Frye Art Museum on First Hill is Seattle’s only free art museum, showing contemporary art alongside our Founding Collection.
📸: Courtesy Frye Art Museum